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Orchestra News

Virginia Symphony Offers First Sensory-Friendly Concert

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra presented its first sensory-friendly concert in November, designed for audience members on the autism spectrum.

North Carolina Symphony Begins Three-Year Music Education Residency

Building on the success of its recently completed three-year music education residency in North Carolina’s Sampson County, the North Carolina Symphony (NCS) began a new three-year residency in nearby Jones County in November.

Canadian Opera Company Orchestra Musicians Fight to Preserve Guaranteed Services, Achieve New Contract

by Catherine Gray, Member of Local 149 (Toronto, ON) en français Last spring, after a triumphant opening of La Bohème, the Canadian Opera Company (COC) Orchestra musicians found themselves facing a long, difficult summer fighting for their livelihoods and the future of Canadian Opera. When negotiations began on April 18, management wasn’t prepared to discuss […]

Toronto Symphony Orchestra Receives $10 Million Donation

The estate of long-standing Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) supporters and patrons Tom and Mary Beck has donated $10 million to the orchestra. The gift is the largest single donation in the orchestra’s history, and brings the lifetime giving of the Beck family to the TSO to over $20 million. In accordance with the wishes of […]

Virginia Symphony Orchestra Ratifies Collective Bargaining Agreement After Challenging Negotiations

In July, the musicians of the Virginia Symphony ratified a three-year agreement that is retroactive to August 1, 2018, and continues through July 31, 2021. The CBA covers 49 core musicians and 29 per-service musicians, represented by Local 125 (Norfolk, VA). Negotiations were difficult and lasted nearly a year. The committee successfully fought proposals to […]

Sarasota Orchestra Sees Improvements in New Contract

In early October, musicians of the Sarasota Orchestra, represented by Local 427-721 (Sarasota, FL) ratified a new four-year contract agreement. Running through the 2022-23 season, the contract includes salary increases in each year for the 42 full-time musicians (including two librarians) who perform in the 36-week concert season. The two sides of the bargaining table […]

Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra Reaches Five-Year Agreement

Musicians of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra (HSO) ratified a five-year contract agreement in early October. The spirit of negotiations was collaborative and cooperative. The CBA will be effective through August 2024, and provides modest increases to base salaries and other compensation including per diem, equipment transportation, pension, and more. “This agreement is an affirmation of […]

Philadelphia Orchestra Begins New Four-Year Contract

This round of negotiations was difficult, but respectful and productive.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Musicians Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

The Musicians’ Association of Metropolitan Baltimore, Local 40-543, (MAMB) and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Inc. (BSO) on September 20 reached a tentative agreement on a proposed one-year contract.

San Antonio Symphony Looks Toward Future with New CBA

In late August, the San Antonio Symphony announced that its musicians and management had reached a new three-year contract agreement, ushering in a new era of stability.